Bennett would be perfect as a replacement for Hands as a PF and be better than Hamilton as a SF. Offensively and rebounding he is better than either and no worse defensively. Wouldnt trade 2Pats but if Philly wanted to dump his contract I would do this.
OT: Minny might send Shabbazz Mohammed for Young instead meaning Bennett's value is lower. Getting Bennett from Minny would be easier. It isn't because he's Canadian.
Hamilton is not bad defensively. Fairly solid. Hansbrough is as well. He's not an anchor or shutdown guy, but he's not bad.
While it's great that you have been targeting other guys, point is that many people are too quick to talk about acquiring Bennett (or even Wiggins, Ennis) just because they are Canadian and not because of any real plan. So while you may not be a part of the "trade for all Canucks" movement, there still seems to be plenty who are.
I'd love to have him on this team. He's obviously a risk because of health and conditioning concerns. But talent is obvious too. A lot of Larry Johnson there. Power, handle, shooting ability, athleticism, length. I see people call him 'just a top 10 pick', not a legit no.1, and ok, that's fair because of those risks. High risk, but very high potential reward as well.
He seems to be in a great shape now, which is very encouraging. I think it would be a good gamble to get him for one of role players and a late pick, though I don't think it's realistic.
As far as Ennis goes, I agree that a team that is motivated to land him may be best served to strike now when he's seemingly so low on the Suns PG depth chart. However for the Raptors specifically, it doesn't make much sense as he'd likely be the 3rd/4th PG option for our current team as well. So you'd be giving away an asset to land Ennis, just to bury him in our lineup. That's not a great use of assets and it probably makes the team worse in the short term.
You know it would be great to land all these Canadians but they are like every other prospect and pick. More than likely most DON'T work out.
Better to let them develop on another teams time and dime. If they become something, go after in free agency.
The exceptions of course are if they are best pick available when drafting or they can be acquired at a bargain like Bebe.
Last edited by mcHAPPY; Wed Aug 20th, 2014 at 03:01 PM. Reason: Most picks DON'T work out
Considering Wiggins, Stauskas and Ennis were top 20 and even Elfrid Payton has a CFL connection, wanting a Canadian isn't nationalism but just odds. Add Bennett and its hard to think of young players that aren't Canadian that are available. Even TT is available.
thats the gayest trade i ever heard, why risk it, we don't even know if he's even going to be good enough to stay in the NBA.
Bennett might make a nice 3rd string PF but, I don't see him supplanting AJohnson or Patterson. Ennis is no threat to Vasquez or Lowry. To me, neither player is worth all the pining & wishful thinking that seems to pervade this forum. Lets see how Bennett does in Minnesota. I suspect he may be 3rd on the depth chart behind Young & Dieng. It may require another year to see what he can do. Ennis is fourth behind Dragic, Bledsoe & Thomas so we may have to wait 2 more years to see what his market value truly is.
If the Raptors were rebuilding, I might entertain some of these ideas but, trading away players who contributed to last year's success for unproven rookies & sophomores makes very little sense.
CORRECTION: Dieng is a center. Bennett may be able to supplant Hummel as the second string PF
Last edited by godkingleonidas; Fri Aug 22nd, 2014 at 12:47 AM.
To simplify: 2Pat for Bennett?
IMO: Our biggest strength last year was exceptional chemistry. You want to screw with it by swapping Bennett for 2Pat?
I don't think Bennett offers enough FUTURE potential to offset risk of upsetting chemistry.
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